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Fall semester fills up with fun

While autumn’s impending arrival means cooler temperatures and a return to classes, there are still plenty of upcoming chances to enjoy the great outdoors, and the Recreation Office has plans to help students do just that.

OSI Recreation Outdoor Intern Manuel Mendoza provided a preview of this fall semester’s outdoor trips and activities.

New this year is an all abilities trip to Evergreen Wings and Waves Water Park on Oct. 10. The trip, created in cooperation with the Student Accessibility and Empowerment Club as part of Disability Awareness Month, allows students to enjoy the water park and explore the aviation and space museum. Free lunch and cupcakes will also be provided.

Several popular trips will return for fall semester as well. The Crater Lake snowshoeing trip returns after a long hiatus.

“[The snowshoeing trip] is an extremely unique opportunity…because of the nature of where we are going. It’s a beautiful, beautiful place. It’s highly protected,” Mendoza said.

Rock-climbing trips are also scheduled this year, which, according to Mendoza, are the trips that always fill extremely fast.

Capitalizing on the rock-climbing trips’ popularity, the recreation office is focusing this year on boosting the climbing community on campus. There will be three local indoor rock climbing trips to The Source Climbing Center during the fall semester. The office will also be working on getting their own rock-climbing gear.

Water sports trips have historically been just as popular as the rock-climbing trips. Mendoza said it is currently undecided whether this fall’s trip will be whitewater rafting or stand-up paddle boarding.

The returning fall colors hike will take students to Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park. The trip is a chance to enjoy the abundance of “deciduous trees that turn extremely beautiful colors in the fall,” Mendoza said. The scenic hike will also showcase the park’s multiple waterfalls, offering attendees an opportunity to walk behind one.

“Being that we are a commuter campus. There’s not a lot that students can do that gets them involved in life outside the classroom,” Mendoza said.

Mendoza described his first recreation trip to the Grand Canyon as a great way to make new friends at a new school. “I didn’t know anybody. There were twelve people total on that trip, and I came home with eleven new friends. If [you’ve] ever thought about going on a trip, just do it. Take that first step that really gets [you] involved on campus… and outdoor recreation,” Mendoza said.

While trip dates are not currently final, they will be posted online on the Washington State University Vancouver’s events calendar once they are finalized. For more information about these and other upcoming fall recreation trips, contact the Recreation Office at van.osirec@wsu.edu.

Photo Credit: Jack Martin

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